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March 2021

This evidence review examines the evidence for indirect or environmental transmission of SARS-CoV-2 in multi-unit residential buildings. It discusses how building systems may (or may not) contribute to transmission and reviews some of the strategies that have been used to investigate indirect transmission, as a complement to a thorough epidemiological investigation. The overall risk of indirect transmission in MURBs is contextualized and appropriate risk mitigation measures are discussed.

Fomites and the COVID-19 pandemic: An evidence review on its role in viral transmission

Research and epidemiological evidence continue to emerge on the role of fomites and SARS-CoV-2 transmission. This review examines current evidence on factors that influence SARS-CoV-2 transfer to and from fomites, as well as how environmental factors may influence the persistence of SARS-CoV-2 on fomites.

Accessibility for persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic and inclusion for future planning

This blog will discuss the considerations of accessibility for people with disabilities on their health and safety, and research on the experience of populations with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic , followed by implications for future planning.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, we continue to update our EH resources in our COVID-19 topic page. You will find a complete listing of NCCEH's COVID-19 products as well as curated external resources organized by topical headings.

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March 2021 Environmental Health & COVID-19 Scan

This monthly Research Scan highlights recent environmental health publications by topic and provides easy access to article abstracts and report summaries to support public health professionals, researchers, planners, students, and others working in public health.

NCCEH is seeking your feedback on our knowledge products
Survey closes April 15, 2021

The NCCEH invites you to participate in a brief online survey to collect feedback on how our knowledge translation products and offerings are used and any impacts generated from them. By providing input you will help us with continuous improvement of our work. Information you share can also help us address emerging and/or challenging environmental public health issues that are relevant to practitioners, policymakers, and researchers.

From the office of the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada:

What we heard: Indigenous Peoples and COVID-19: Public Health Agency of Canada’s companion report

This independent report, written by an Indigenous scholar and her team, summarizes discussions from two community engagement sessions with Indigenous partners in August and September 2020. First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals participated in the community engagement sessions and shared their knowledge and experiences living through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Best Brains Exchange Proceedings Report: Strengthening the Structural Determinants of Health Post-COVID-19

This report summarizes the proceedings of the virtual Best Brains Exchange (BBE) held in July 2020 to help inform the CPHO 2020 Annual Report on COVID-19. The BBE aimed to better understand the intersectional COVID-19 impacts on the health and well-being of priority groups in Canada, to inform the design of protective strategies moving forward.

ISES Call for Submissions to the 2021 meeting,"Multisector Engagement for Addressing Emerging Environmental Exposures."
Submission open from March 8 – May 7, 2021

ISES invites you to participate in their 31st annual meeting, being held virtually August 30 – September 2, by submitting an abstract for an oral or poster presentation.

CPHA Call for Submissions to Public Health 2021 conference
Submission open from March 18 - May 6, 2021

CPHA invites you to participate in their Public Health 2021 conference being held virtually October 6 – 8, by submitting an abstract for presentation.

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship
Application deadline is May 10, 2021

The Elizabeth Henry Scholarship for Communities and Environmental Health supports graduate students working on research projects in partnership with one or more indigenous and/or non-indigenous British Columbia communities that are addressing air quality, environmental health issues and/or promoting environmental sustainability through cooperative initiatives.

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